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Sewing piling up? Get sewing THIS year

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Here are some tips to help you to get sewing between chores, after work, whilst your baby sleeps or when that strap breaks!

Get your machine out and leave it out. If your machine is easy to get to, then pulling up a chair and getting those trousers hemmed will be more achievable. This will help even if the spot where it stays is not where you will use it. Rather use the time it would have taken to find the machine to sew instead. Tip: Pop a cover or towel over it to keep it dust free.

Join a sewing ‘meeting’. Set time and money aside just like you would for a meeting, school run or coffee with a friend. Once a week/ month or even every second month will help develop your skills, wardrobe and sewing is wonderfully therapeutic. Groups are starting in W5 and W13 now so tell me when and how often you want to meet.

Keep all your thread in one place, close by – even if it’s a messy box of threads. If they’re in one place you’ll instantly know if you have the colour or not. It’s obvious but you can’t sew without thread.

Keep a little note book at your machine. Write down the name of each project and list the steps involved to get it done as you work it out mentally. This way you’ll immediately know what needs doing – even if you’ve only got a few minutes to do a bit of unpicking, pinning etc. Getting you sewing instead of using your precious sewing time to figure it out (again and again) and never actually getting it done!

More bobbins equals less bobbin filling. Don’t run small quantities of different colours over each other. Rather get a stock of empty bobbins and run the bobbin full. This way you’re more likely to have a bobbin with the colour you need for those quick sewing jobs.

Happy sewing 2014!

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More machine sewing classes in Ealing

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I’m excited to give you a run down of the latest classes.. doing the class timetable right now.. we have small classes of 4-6 people and offer classes on Saturdays, Tuesday & Thursday mornings and weekday evenings for the 2 hour classes. Why not spend the holiday making some beautiful things. Let me know which you’d like to join us for!

2 hour classes cost £25 – Tuesday/ Thursday evenings
3 hour classes cost £35 – Tuesday/ Thursday 10am-1pm or Saturday 10.30am-1.30pm / 3am-6pm
(Current prices expiring 30 Sept 2013)

…for all levels

Supervised Sewing Groups – 3 hour session, £15 bring own project

Know how to use your machine but lack confidence to start (or finish) a project on your own? Join us for cake, tea and most importantly advice and guidance at hand.       

…for beginners:

  • Machine sewing skills – 3 hour class, £35  (Skill: Beginners/ Refreshers)

Threading the machine, sewing in a straight line, which stitches to use when, technique, troubleshooting, basic concepts of making things.  Hire a machine for £5 or dust yours off and get back into the swing of things again.

  • Cutting & choosing fabrics – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)

Understanding different fabrics: characteristics, buying, cutting, how much to buy. Which needles, thread, foot pressure to use. (Related class: Following a pattern for intermediate)

  • Alterations – 2 hour class, £25

All skill levels. Find out how to tackle those repairs & alterations you didn’t think you could do yourself! Take garments in/out, hemming, darning, broken zips, etc.

  • PJ bottoms – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric
 (Skill: Beginners)

Make a pair of comfy, chilling-out-on-the-couch PJ bottoms.

  • Zips & button holes – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)

Zips made easy! Make neat buttonholes on your machine easily.             

  • Make a little girl’s dress – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric

Make a little girl’s dress pillowcase dress or pinafore including button hole.

 …for intermediates:

  • Following a pattern – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric

Learn what all the abbreviations and terms mean. How to cut the fabric out and steps in using a clothing pattern. Including basics of sizing a pattern to your measurements.

  • Curtains – 2 hour class, £25

Learn and practice the basics of making your own lined hanging curtains and save hundreds of pounds. Fabric calculations also included.

  • Little girl’s dress theory only – 2 hour class, £25

Learn the basics of making little girl’s dresses which are size adjustable ideas and tricks to make them fit for longer.

See you soon for a cuppa tea and some sewing!

Let’s get sewing – it’s almost … Christmas!

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Many of you have said that you haven’t sewn for years and would like to get back into it – so I have added a Machine sewing refresher session to the list of classes. Perhaps you could sew new Christmas stockings for the family or even make a few gifts for friends.

Here’s a list of classes before Christmas but the dates aren’t set in stone so do let me know if you’d like to do a class on a different date.

 

Supervised Sewing Groups– 3 hour session, £15 bring own project
Know how to use your machine but lack confidence to start (or finish) a project on your own? Join us for cake, tea and most importantly advice and guidance at hand.         

…for all levels           Saturdays 13 October, 10 November, 1 December – 10-1pm

Group sewing classes:

Machine sewing refresher session – 3 hour class, £30 bring own fabric
Can sew, but not touched your machine for many moons? How to thread your machine and make a cushion to get you back into the swing of things again. 13 October or 10 November – 2-5pm 

…for beginners:

Alterations – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)
All skill levels. Find out how to tackle those repairs & alterations you didn’t think you could do yourself! Take garments in/out, hemming, darning, broken zips, etc. 17 November – 2.30-4.30pm

PJ bottoms – 3 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
 (Skill: Beginners)
Make a pair of comfy, chilling-out-on-the-couch PJ bottoms. 20 Oct 2-5pm or 15 Dec 10-1pm

Short fur cape – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
 (Skill: Beginners)
Look totally glam this winter! Easy-to-make pattern. 24 Nov 10-12.30pm or 8 Dec 2.30-5pm

Zips & button holes – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)
Zips made easy! Make neat buttonholes on your machine easily. 20 Oct 11-1pm or 15 Dec 2-4pm
…for intermediates:

Little girl’s dresses – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Learn the basics of making little dresses with size adjustable ideas and tricks. Start making a one of the designs you like. 24 November 2-4.30pm

Curtains and cushions – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Save hundreds by learning to make your own lined hanging curtains. Fabric calculations explained. Make a cushion and learn about trimmings. 8 December 10.30-1pm

Following a pattern – 3 hour class, £25 bring own fabric (and pattern is optional)
Learn what all the abbreviations and terms mean. How to cut the fabric out and general ‘how-to’ follow a clothing pattern. 1 December 2-5pm

 

Zips & button holes class: Pull over now a zip up!

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Zips & button holes class THIS Saturday 2-4pm – book in now.

I simply don’t wear pull overs as much as I wear cardigans and zip up jumpers. So when I saw this pull over I almost didn’t buy it BUT instead, I sliced it open up the centre front and sewed a zip in – using my zipper foot on my machine to get right in as close next to the zip as possible.

 I wear it all the time so I plan on chopping all my old pull overs open as well… beware, snip snip snip!

Handbag compartmentalisation

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Check out group class dates and book or express interest. Classes start this weekend.

Classes: Zips & button holes, Cushions and curtains, Alterations, Little girl’s dresses. 

Here is a quick alteration – handbag compartmentalisation!

So this bag was simply a big hole and everything just bundled into a mess at the bottom. Need some dividers here!

I simply laid the bag flat, removed the lining (as show in the picture) and pinned a similar sized, edged piece of fabric onto the seamed edges of the lining. I sewed all round the edge and voilà!

 

I now have a bag with 2 big divisions and I have more options to put the contents.

PS. You could add little phone pockets etc into the ‘divider’ insert before sewing to the lining for more compartments.
PPS. If the top edge of the divider seems too wide (or droopy) once you turn it the right way around, simply pleat (and sew) the top edge of the dividing fabric to keep the capacity at the bottom.

Get your sewing class on!

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At last – here’s the list of classes I’ve spoken to you all about. Get your bookings in by email.

Supervised Sewing Groups:

Wanna get back into sewing or build confidence working on a project on your own? Bring your own project and machine, I’m around to guide you if you get stuck – and of course there’s tea and cake!

              Saturdays – 10am-1pm – 3 hour session, £15 @ W13 8JE
              14 July, 4 August, 1 September

Group classes:

Can sew but wanna learn a specific skill? These pay-as-you-go style classes teach a specific skill. Feel free to suggest other classes which I’ll include in the schedule in the next few months.

Alterations – 2 hour class, £25
All skill levels. Find out how to tackle those repairs & alterations you didn’t think you could do yourself!
Take garments in/out, hemming, darning, broken zips, etc.
             Monday 16 July – 7-9pm  (possibly 7.45 – 9.45 depending on venue, W13 8JE or W13 9SS)

Zips & button holes – 2 hour class, £25
Zips made easy! Make neat button holes on your machine easily.
             Saturday 28 July – 2-4pm @ W13 8JE

Little girl’s dresses – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Learn the basics of making little dresses with size adjustable ideas and tricks. Start making one of the designs you like.
              Saturday 14 July – 2-4.30pm  @ W13 8JE

Curtains and cushions – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Save hundreds by learning to make your own lined hanging curtains. Fabric calculations explained. Make a cushion and learn about trimmings.
              Saturday 28 July – 10.30am-1pm @ W13 8JE

Look fwd to hearing from you!

Old school, now… skinny-ish!

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Transform your wardrobe out of the naughties. Why buy more when you have great sewing projects at home. Make a skirt from an old pair of jeans or make a wide pair of trousers skinny and ‘in’. Check out the web for fab ideas like a T-shirt tote bag or mittens made from an old jumper!

Before and after alterations